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The Derwent Valley is so named because of its extensive coverage by native oak woodlands: Derwent means ‘valley thick with oaks’. Get out on foot, bike or hoof to explore many of these wonderful woodlands, whether to catch sight of our local wildlife or let the kids run wild, there’s something to suit everyone in the Land of Oak & Iron.

Allensford Woods – small oak woodland around Allensford Country Park with footpath network
https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/allensford-country-park

Chopwell Woodland Park – large woodland with walking and cycle trails, sculptures and heritage sites
https://www.forestry.gov.uk/chopwell http://www.friendsofchopwellwood.org.uk/

Derwent Gorge and Muggleswick Woods – fantastic ancient oak woodlands in beautiful gorge setting
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/durhams-national-nature-reserves/durhams-national-nature-reserves

Milkwellburn Wood – peaceful oak woodland nature reserve with surfaced paths
http://durhamwt.com/milkwellburn-wood/

Pontburn Woods – peaceful woodland with good footpath network
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood/?woodId=4092&woodName=pontburn-woods

The Plantation – small woodland between Burnopfield and The Hobson Industrial Estate, good footpath network

Thornley Wood – part of Derwenthaugh Park, good footpath network and visitor centre with cafe
http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Leisure%20and%20Culture/countryside/sites/derwent.aspx